The prime minister was hailed by his European counterparts when he arrived in Brussels on Thursday for a crunch summit hours after announcing he had clinched a last-minute deal. But, despite achieving what critics warned would be impossible – convincing the EU to agree to an alternative Brexit deal – the Tory leader saw his plans up in the air on Saturday when lawmakers voted for the Letwin Amendment.
Like the Benn Act, the amendment tabled by former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin is designed to prevent any possibility of a no deal exit happening on Halloween.
It was supported by 322 MPs and rejected by 306, including six Labour rebels.
When asked “Do you think MPs will allow Britain to leave the EU on October 31?” 72 percent of readers (11,549 votes) said no.
A quarter of Express.co.uk voters (4,030) said they believed lawmakers would not succeed in preventing the prime minister from delivering the results of the EU referendum at the end of October.
Just 611 people (3 percent) said they could not predict the outcome.
One frustrated Brexit voter said: “We leave on October 31 without a deal or the people will never forgive Parliament.”
Another no deal advocate wrote: “No deal on October 31 or Parliament gets it at the ballot box.”
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One disgruntled reader who clearly had enough of the dithering of MPs over the last three years said they wanted to see Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage in Downing Street.
They wrote: “These MPs are not fit for purpose and should be all deselected.
“I can’t wait for the next general election so we can get rid of these MPs and put the Brexit Party in so we can get out of the EU with a clean break.”
The Government responded to the passing of the Letwin Amendment by calling off a vote on the prime minister’s new deal which had been planned for later on Saturday.
Hours after the special weekend sitting of Parliament concluded Mr Johnson wrote a letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk requesting a Brexit delay – something which he had vowed not to do.